The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Education

The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Education


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From the founding of Harvard College in 1636 as a mission for training young clergy to the landmark 1968 Supreme Court decision in Epperson v. Arkansas, which struck down the state's ban on teaching evolution in schools, religion and education in the United States have been inextricably linked. Still today new fights emerge over the rights and limitations of religion in the classroom.

The Oxford Handbook of Religion and American Education brings together preeminent scholars from the fields of religion, education, law, and political science to craft a comprehensive survey and assessment of the study of religion and education in the United States. The essays in the first part develop six distinct conceptual lenses through which to view American education, including Privatism, Secularism, Pluralism, Religious Literacy, Religious Liberty, and Democracy. The following four parts expand on these concepts in a diverse range of educational frames: public schools, faith-based K-12 education, higher education, and lifespan faith development.

Designed for a diverse and interdisciplinary audience, this addition to the Oxford Handbook series sets for itself a broad goal of understanding the place of religion and education in a modern democracy.

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ISBN-13: 9780199386819
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publication date: 08/29/2018
Series: Oxford Handbooks
Pages: 520
Product dimensions: 9.90(w) x 7.00(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Michael D. Waggoner is Professor of Higher Education at the University of Northern Iowa and editor of the journal Religion & Education and the book series Routledge Research in Religion and Education. His recent books include Sacred and Secular Tensions in Higher Education and Religion in the Public Schools.

Nathan C. Walker is the executive director of 1791 Delegates, a consortium of constitutional and human rights experts who address issues of religion and public life. His recent books include Whose God Rules?: Is the United States a Secular Nation or a Theolegal Democracy? and Cultivating Empathy: The Worth and Dignity of Every Person—Without Exception.

Table of Contents

Foreword - Martin E. Marty

List of Contributors

Introduction - Michael D. Waggoner and Nathan C. Walker

Part I. Frameworks

Chapter 1 - Religion, Privatization, and American Educational Policy
Janet Bordelon

Chapter 2 - Secularism and Religion in American Education
Jonathon S. Kahn

Chapter 3 - Pluralism in Religion and American Education
Diana L. Eck
Brendan W. Randall

Chapter 4 - Religious Literacy in American Education
Benjamin P. Marcus

Chapter 5 - Religious Liberty in American Education
Charles C. Haynes

Chapter 6 - Democracy, Religion, and American Education
Emile Lester

Part II. Lifespan Faith Development

Chapter 7 - Faith Development
Sharon Daloz Parks

Chapter 8 - Moral Education
Larry Nucci
Robyn Ilten-Gee

Chapter 9 - Religious Education in the Traditions
Mark A. Hicks

Chapter 10 - Religious Education Between the Traditions
Eboo Patel
Noah J. Silverman

Part III. Faith-Based K-12 Education

Chapter 11 - Private Religious Schools
Charles J. Russo
Kate E. Soules
Adina C. Newman
Susan L. Douglass

Chapter 12 - Religion and Homeschooling
Milton Gaither

Chapter 13 - Public Funding of Private Schools
Steven K. Green

Part IV. Religion and Public Schools

Chapter 14 - Religiously Affiliated Charter Schools
Nathan C. Walker

Chapter 15 - Law and Religion in American Education
John Witte Jr.
Brian Kaufman

Chapter 16 - Religious Expression in Public Schools
Kevin R. Pregent
Nathan C. Walker

Chapter 17 - Religion and the Public School Curriculum
Walter Feinberg

Chapter 18 - The Bible and American Public Schools
Mark A. Chancey

Chapter 19 - Religion, Extracurricular Activities, and Access to Public School Facilities
Charles J. Russo

Chapter 20 - Religious Freedom, Common Schools, and the Common Good
Erik Owens

Part V. Religion and Higher Education

Chapter 21 - Religion in Mainline and Independent Private Higher Education
Douglas Jacobsen
Rhonda Hustedt Jacobsen

Chapter 22 - Evangelical Higher Education
P. Jesse Rine

Chapter 23 - Catholic Higher Education
Michael Galligan-Stierle
Paula Moore

Chapter 24 - Religion and Spirituality in Public Higher Education
Michael D. Waggoner

Chapter 25 - Theological Education
Daniel O. Aleshire

Chapter 26 - Religion, Spirituality, and College Students
Alyssa N. Rockenbach
Julie J. Park

Chapter 27 - Religion, Spirituality, and College Faculty
Jennifer A. Lindholm

Chapter 28 - Teaching Religious Studies
Eugene V. Gallagher

Chapter 29 - Teaching About Religion Outside of Religious Studies
Robert J. Nash

Chapter 30 - Campus Ministry
John A. Schmalzbauer


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